Peter Blackstock

Music writer

Peter Blackstock is a music writer for the Austin American-Statesman. A UT grad who grew up in Austin, he worked at the Statesman in high school and college before moving to Seattle and co-founding the alt-country magazine No Depression in the '90s.

Latest from Peter Blackstock

Hi, how was it? Here’s what ‘Hi, How Are You?’ Day at the Mohawk was like.
 It all came together with just two or three weeks of planning, but Monday’s “Hi, How Are You?” Day show at the Mohawk turned
            out to be a grand success, as many Austin musicians and hundreds of Daniel Johnston fans turned out to wish the legendary
            Texas songwriter celebrate his 57th birthday. Daniel...

Posted: 11 hours ago

It all came together with just two or three weeks of planning, but Monday’s “Hi, How Are You?” Day show at the Mohawk turned out to be a grand success, as many Austin musicians and hundreds of Daniel Johnston fans turned out to wish the legendary Texas songwriter celebrate his 57th birthday. Daniel...
Rodeo Austin lineup includes Dwight Yoakam, Ludacris, Gladys Knight, more
 Turnpike Troubadours play Rodeo Austin on March 23. Contributed/David McClister Dwight Yoakam, Turnpike Troubadours, Ludacris, Young the Giant, Gladys Knight: Continuing with its “a little something for
            everyone” approach, Rodeo Austin has unveiled the music lineup for its annual ProRodeo & Concert Series March...

Posted: 13 hours ago

Turnpike Troubadours play Rodeo Austin on March 23. Contributed/David McClister Dwight Yoakam, Turnpike Troubadours, Ludacris, Young the Giant, Gladys Knight: Continuing with its “a little something for everyone” approach, Rodeo Austin has unveiled the music lineup for its annual ProRodeo & Concert Series March...
Hey hey it’s the Mavericks: They’re back at ACL Live in March
 The Mavericks. Contributed Austin loves their Mavericks. The eclectic country band fronted by golden-voiced singer Raul Malo returns to ACL Live for
            
            two nights on March 2 and 3, the marquee downtown venue has announced. Tickets to the show, presented by the local Latin music series Pachanga, run from $35 to $49 and...

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The Mavericks. Contributed Austin loves their Mavericks. The eclectic country band fronted by golden-voiced singer Raul Malo returns to ACL Live for two nights on March 2 and 3, the marquee downtown venue has announced. Tickets to the show, presented by the local Latin music series Pachanga, run from $35 to $49 and...
The future is passed, but the Moody Blues revisit those days in concert
 Justin Hayward, left, and John Lodge of the Moody Blues perfomr at the HEB Center in Cedar Park on Sunday, January 21, 2018.
               Suzanne Cordeiro for American-Statesman When the Moody Blues album “Days of Future Passed” was released in November 1967, humans had not yet walked on the moon. The
            emphasis was...

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Justin Hayward, left, and John Lodge of the Moody Blues perfomr at the HEB Center in Cedar Park on Sunday, January 21, 2018. Suzanne Cordeiro for American-Statesman When the Moody Blues album “Days of Future Passed” was released in November 1967, humans had not yet walked on the moon. The emphasis was...
This week’s music picks: “Hi, How Are You?” Day, Sphynx and more
 [youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=73pQbppSWHk&w=640&h=390] Monday: 
               “Hi, How Are You?” Day at the Mohawk.
             Songwriter Daniel Johnston’s trademark catch-phrase — the title of his best-known 1980s cassette release, celebrated with
            a mural near the University of Texas...

Posted: 2 days ago

[youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=73pQbppSWHk&w=640&h=390] Monday: “Hi, How Are You?” Day at the Mohawk. Songwriter Daniel Johnston’s trademark catch-phrase — the title of his best-known 1980s cassette release, celebrated with a mural near the University of Texas...
Hi, how are you? We’d like to tell you about ‘Hi, How Are You?’ Day.
 Daniel Johnston’s iconic mural of Jeremiah the Innocent adorns the wall of a building at 21st and Guadalupe streets. DALE
               ROE / AMERICAN-STATESMAN Don’t like Mondays? Well how about if it’s “Hi, How Are You” Day? That’s the case this coming Monday, January 22, as a handful
            of...

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Daniel Johnston’s iconic mural of Jeremiah the Innocent adorns the wall of a building at 21st and Guadalupe streets. DALE ROE / AMERICAN-STATESMAN Don’t like Mondays? Well how about if it’s “Hi, How Are You” Day? That’s the case this coming Monday, January 22, as a handful of...
From Mancini to Cobain: 2Cellos knows no bounds at Erwin Center
 Stjepan Hauser, left, and Luka Sulic of the Croatian-Slovenian duo 2Cellos perform at the Erwin Center on January 18, 2018.
               Suzanne Cordeiro for American-Statesman You get a little bit of everything at a concert by Eastern European duo 2Cellos. Classical instrumentation? Check. A suite
            of popular movie themes? Check...

Posted: 4 days ago

Stjepan Hauser, left, and Luka Sulic of the Croatian-Slovenian duo 2Cellos perform at the Erwin Center on January 18, 2018. Suzanne Cordeiro for American-Statesman You get a little bit of everything at a concert by Eastern European duo 2Cellos. Classical instrumentation? Check. A suite of popular movie themes? Check...
Fall Out Boy follows ‘Mania’ release with tour including an Austin date
 Fall Out Boy performed at the MTVU Woodie Awards at the American-Statesman parking lot during South by Southwest on March
               20, 2015. The band will return to Austin on Sept. 23 for a concert at the Erwin Center. Lukas Keapproth/AMERICAN-STATESMAN Fresh off last night’s appearance on CBS’s “The Late Show with...

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Fall Out Boy performed at the MTVU Woodie Awards at the American-Statesman parking lot during South by Southwest on March 20, 2015. The band will return to Austin on Sept. 23 for a concert at the Erwin Center. Lukas Keapproth/AMERICAN-STATESMAN Fresh off last night’s appearance on CBS’s “The Late Show with...
Austin Music Awards adds Lucinda Williams, will honor Joe Ely and Liz Lambert
 Lucinda Williams returns to the Austin Music Awards this year as a presenter and performer. JAY JANNER / AMERICAN-STATESMAN
               2014 Joe Ely will receive the Townes Van Zandt Songwriting Award and Liz Lambert will be presented with the Margaret Moser Women
            in Music Award at 
            this year’s Austin Music...

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Lucinda Williams returns to the Austin Music Awards this year as a presenter and performer. JAY JANNER / AMERICAN-STATESMAN 2014 Joe Ely will receive the Townes Van Zandt Songwriting Award and Liz Lambert will be presented with the Margaret Moser Women in Music Award at this year’s Austin Music...
Austin360 On The Record: Terminal Mind, Johnny Dango, Summer Fires
 Terminal Mind: Steve Marsh (bass), Greg Murray (drums) and Doug Murray (guitar) at Raul’s in Austin in 1979. Contributed/Ken
               Hoge ARCHIVAL RELEASE Terminal Mind, “Recordings” (Sonic Surgery).
             The Austin punk bands that formed in the wake of the Sex Pistols’ legendary San Antonio show 40...

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Terminal Mind: Steve Marsh (bass), Greg Murray (drums) and Doug Murray (guitar) at Raul’s in Austin in 1979. Contributed/Ken Hoge ARCHIVAL RELEASE Terminal Mind, “Recordings” (Sonic Surgery). The Austin punk bands that formed in the wake of the Sex Pistols’ legendary San Antonio show 40...